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The Early Teachings of the Buddha

by Ratnaguna

The teachings that Ratnaguna explores in this talk are all from the Sutta Nipata - one of the earliest of Buddhist texts. The sub-title for the talk is 'The Dharma before Buddhism'. In the Sutta Nipata the Buddha is very straighforwardly telling it like it is. So does Ratnaguna.

In his opening remarks (which unfortunately were not recorded) he likens these suttas in their profound scope and effect to the simpicity and purity of Bach's violin sonatas and cello suites.

Given on the FWBO International Retreat at Taraloka, May 08

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1. Getting what you want (9:43) 
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2. Seizing the stick (8:51) 
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3. Renunciation and seclusion (10:29) 
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4. No views (4:58) 
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5. Going beyond opposites (10:13) 


Total running time: 44:14

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